Tag: Psychology and Psychologists

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

In another groundbreaking study published last year, Jaimie Henderson and several colleagues, including Francis Willett, a biomedical engineer, and Krishna Shenoy, an electrical engineer, reported an equally impressive yet entirely different approach to communication by neural interface. The scientists recorded neurons firing in Dennis DeGray’s brain as he visualized himself writing words with a pen […]

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Can Business Schools Really Help Us ‘Reimagine Capitalism’?

The Ford report — and a similar one sponsored the same year by the Carnegie Corporation — warned against ignoring the humanities or allowing faculty members and students to specialize too narrowly. Yet the funding that followed pushed schools in the opposite direction, consistent with the 1960s vogue for number-crunching wonkishness. Business schools embraced the […]

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A ‘Life-Affirming’ Remedy for Climate Despair

On Earth Day, a 50-year-old man from Boulder, Colo., named Wynn Bruce set himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court. Friends and family members told reporters they believed his act was a principled protest in the name of the climate crisis. It is not clear why Mr. Bruce self-immolated. We do know that […]

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Where Does All That Hate We Feel Come From?

If this logic holds true, we have entered a new moral universe. Morteza Dehghani, a professor of psychology and computer science at the University of Southern California, emailed that he and his colleagues have found that “extreme behavioral expressions of prejudice against marginalized groups could be understood as morally motivated behaviors grounded in people’s moral […]

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‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens

How the reporter Matt Richtel spoke to adolescents and parents for this series In mid-April, I was speaking to the mother of a suicidal teenager whose struggles I’ve been closely following. I asked how her daughter was doing. Not well, the mother said: “If we can’t find something drastic to help this kid, this kid […]

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‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens

How the reporter Matt Richtel spoke to adolescents and parents for this series In mid-April, I was speaking to the mother of a suicidal teenager whose struggles I’ve been closely following. I asked how her daughter was doing. Not well, the mother said: “If we can’t find something drastic to help this kid, this kid […]

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Exploring the Health Effects of Ageism

The resulting cut on her leg, though bloody, proved superficial. But when her grandmother suggested to the grocery owner that he not leave crates about, he responded that old people fall all the time, and maybe they shouldn’t be walking around. “The message stayed with her, and it seemed to impact her behavior,” Dr. Levy […]

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Some People Turn Suffering Into Wisdom

Barbara Lazear Ascher’s husband gave her the news in the most straightforward way. “Looks like pancreatic cancer,” he told her matter-of-factly after the test results came back. She and their friends gave him a wonderful death. They had theme parties with matching drinks. “Dying was intimate, and I drew close,” Ascher writes in her moving […]

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M.R.I.s Are Finding Connections Between Our Brain Activity and Psychology

Unfortunately, small M.R.I. samples frequently return strong associations as a matter of chance. For example, let’s say you want to see if there is a correlation between eye color and a preference for strawberries. If you look at enough groups of 25 random people, eventually you will happen upon a group in which blue-eyed people […]

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War in Ukraine Has Left Eastern Europe Sleepless

WARSAW — For the past seven weeks, Dr. Simona Neliubsiene has struggled to focus on her patients’ charts, distracted by images of bombed cities flashing in her head. At night, she lies awake in bed, her heart thumping, frantically doom-scrolling through the latest news about Russia’s war in Ukraine. “I never had anxiety attacks before,” […]

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How to Give Constructive Feedback

Once you’ve overcome your shyness, there’s the question of how best to frame constructive criticism. Some of the things you’ve heard may not actually be helpful — like the often-recommended “sandwich” method, which involves sandwiching criticism between two layers of praise. This approach “is not supported by evidence, and research suggests it may actually have […]

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America’s Pandemic P.T.S.D.

As the clinical psychologist Sherry Walling wrote in Fortune this week, the Great Resignation is being caused, or at least fed, by the “Great Grief.” As Walling said, “Our grief fueled great personal upheaval and pushed many of us to question how we spend our precious, finite time on earth, especially considering that about a third […]

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How to Choose a Mental Health App

With therapists in high demand and long waiting lists that make it challenging to find a provider, using a mental health app might seem like a tempting and relatively inexpensive way to get help. These apps claim to help with issues as varied as addiction, sleeplessness, anxiety and schizophrenia, often by using tools like games, […]

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Can A.I.-Driven Voice Analysis Help Identify Mental Disorders?

This article is part of a limited series on artificial intelligence’s potential to solve everyday problems. Imagine a test as quick and easy as having your temperature taken or your blood pressure measured that could reliably identify an anxiety disorder or predict an impending depressive relapse. Health care providers have many tools to gauge a […]

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Learning the Right Way to Struggle

Mr. Nottingham, the founder and executive director of The Challenging Learning Group, an education company, said: “My purpose is, instead of giving them clarity, it’s creating confusion, or cognitive wobble. Like when you are learning to ride a bike and it wobbles — I am trying to create that mental wobble so they have to […]

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Prolonged Grief: A Mental Disorder, or a Natural Process?

I have had grief (longer than a year), have interviewed scores of people in grief, and have written about grief, and what strikes me as abnormal is not grief prolonged beyond the A.P.A.’s one-year prescription, but the degree of chutzpah required, professional training notwithstanding, to presume to set timelines for the normal grief of others, […]

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The Next Big Addiction Treatment

The five-hour duration of the experience will also make it costly in a health care setting, which could limit its use in lower-income communities disproportionately affected by drug and alcohol abuse. Still, many experts hungry for new addiction therapies say that psilocybin represents a new and potentially exciting treatment for people suffering from a disease […]

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How to Find a Therapist or Mental Health Provider

Finding a therapist — let alone one who is a good fit — can take time and determination, especially during the pandemic, when many therapists report they cannot keep up with demand and must turn away patients. When The New York Times surveyed 1,320 mental health professionals in November, nine out of 10 therapists said […]

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Does Social Media Make Teens Unhappy? It May Depend on Their Age.

Still, research looking for a direct relationship between social media and well-being has not found much. “There’s been absolutely hundreds of these studies, almost all showing pretty small effects,” said Jeff Hancock, a behavioral psychologist at Stanford University who has conducted a meta-analysis of 226 such studies. What is notable about the new study, said […]

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The Parapsychology Foundation Fights for Its Future

Lisette Coly and Anastasia Damalas are at a crossroads. But, on a recent late-winter morning, they were also in the book-filled storefront of their foundation in the Greenport section of Long Island, when someone knocked at the door. Ms. Coly, 71, and her daughter, Ms. Damalas, 32, were leery. Their family nonprofit is appointment-only, and […]

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Is Geometry a Language That Only Humans Know?

Probing further, the researchers tried to replicate the performance of humans and baboons with artificial intelligence, using neural-network models that are inspired by basic mathematical ideas of what a neuron does and how neurons are connected. These models — statistical systems powered by high-dimensional vectors, matrices multiplying layers upon layers of numbers — successfully matched […]

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‘Turning Red’ Sparks Conversations About Periods and Sexuality

“The reality is that our children are exposed to these themes, to a certain extent, with or without our control,” Dr. Wang said. Watching a movie like “Turning Red” together as a family, and checking in with kids during and after, can help children develop a “willingness and openness to share their confusion with us. […]

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Some Teens Are Anxious About Taking Off Their Masks

He and his friends were planning to keep their masks on, at least at first. “If it really seems OK, then I think we might take them off. But as of now, I feel most comfortable when I have it on.” The Imaginary Audience Taking off masks also represents a social transition during a developmental […]

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Here Are Three Reasons Putin Might Fight On

The bloody invasion of Ukraine has been a disaster for President Vladimir Putin of Russia, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to give up. There are at least three powerful ideas that could drive him onward. First is the sunk cost fallacy. Professors of economics and business administration admonish their students to ignore costs that […]

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5 Ways to Calm Your Anxious Brain

“If you don’t know what you want, you will never be satisfied with anything you have,” he added. Reduce information overload We have all been inundated by a relentless news cycle, a fire hose of information coming at us in the form of breaking news notifications, social media posts and email newsletters (among other sources) […]

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This Wellness Center Uses Ketamine for Mental Health

Dr. Radowitz said that he sees “no difference whatsoever” between esketamine and ketamine, contrary to the F.D.A.’s assessments. Even so, he doesn’t think two hours is “necessary.” He acknowledges that Nushama’s practices differ from F.D.A. protocols for administering esketamine, but said he is not worried about potential risks or legal liability. “It doesn’t concern me,” […]

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How Do I Get My Sex Drive Back?

Oftentimes, problems with libido are not purely physical. Stress is one of the most common reasons a woman’s sex drive plummets, the experts said. Low libido also can stem from energy and sleep issues, body image, relationship quality, gender inequities and other concerns. “I would encourage people complaining of low desire and those who hear […]

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What’s the Best Way to Cope in an Anxious World? Do Something.

Many people are experiencing a jumbled mix of emotions right now. There’s sadness and a feeling of helplessness about the brutal attacks against the people of Ukraine, as well as anxiety and fear about the threat of nuclear weapons. Add to that exhaustion after two years of worrying about a deadly virus. And for some, […]

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Jealousy Doesn’t Have to Ruin a Friendship

To identify these potential triggers, ask yourself questions like: “What past experiences might this feeling be linked to?” and “Is my jealousy triggered by circumstances in my own life?” Dr. Kirmayer suggested. Once you understand your emotions, decide how you want to proceed. Instead of letting jealousy elicit knee-jerk negative responses like leveling accusations, you […]

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The Hidden Epidemic of Brain Injuries From Domestic Violence

The headaches returned during that break, but they were less frequent and easier to tolerate. The forgetfulness was still alarming, but she knew she had access to help. The calm of her new life, with entire days spent in her dimly lit, quiet apartment, had smoothed out her symptoms. But she also knew they could […]

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